ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- There's a new product coming to the sunshine state, and its being made right here on the First Coast.
For the first time, bourbon will be made in Florida at the St Augustine Distillery.
Barrels at the St. Augustine Distillery are filled with the first ever bourbon, distilled and barreled, in the state of Florida. Philip McDaniel, President and co-founder of the St. Augustine Distillery says it's the first bourbon released in Florida to their knowledge since prohibition, which ended in 1933.
McDaniel said he’s excited to be bringing bourbon making not only to the sunshine state but to the First Coast.
"Our hope is to be respected nationwide as a state where great spirits can be made," he said.
McDaniel said after the mixture goes through a fermentation process for a few days, it goes into stills and finally into barrels for at least 18 months before its ready to drink. “You can see that color the rich dark color from the Florida heat…It's got caramel, a little cinnamon, you can smell the oak"
September 9th is the official release date for the bourbon at the St. Augustine distillery. General sales to the public begin at 8 a.m.